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Our Stay at Home Fresh French Cheesemaking Class

Since we're all spending much more time at home these days, we decided to offer our online Fresh French Cheesemaking course for FREE! Want to learn even more? Check out our virtual cheesemaking classes.

This is a course that I have taught as private lessons to small groups of people in their homes.  But since we aren't afforded that luxury amidst the quarantine, I'm making myself available to you virtually!  What a better time to get into cheesemaking? You can also visit the Cheesemaking Section of Our Blog for other easy recipes like paneer.

In this course, you'll learn how to make fresh goat cheese/chèvre, crème fraîche and cultured butter from the comfort of your own home. The video also includes helpful recipes once your tasty fresh cheese is complete! 

To help you get ready for this class, we've listed a full list of equipment and ingredients you'll need. I also recommend watching the short course (only 9 minutes long!) from start to finish to familiarize yourself with the recipes before purchasing ingredients and getting started.

Have questions about the cheesemaking process?  Leave a comment below and we'll get back to you in 24 to 48 hours.

One pro-tip: Save your left-over, nutrient, protein, and probiotic-rich whey from goat cheesemaking for wheymonade (lemonade with whey!) or for the water portion in your next home bread-baking or pancake-making project.

Necessary Equipment for the Course

Important note: Be sure to sterilize all equipment in boiling water before use! Since you'll be fermenting dairy, it's really important to have impeccably clean equipment.

  • 1 Package Cheese Cloth (ideally, fine mesh butter muslin, buy here)
  • Colander
  • 4 4-oz Ramekins, or Small Receptacles for Shaping Goat Cheese (optional cheese forms, buy here)
  • Fine-Mesh Sieve
  • Metal Spoon (ideally stainless steel, and slotted)
  • Wooden Paddle or Spoon
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Liquid Measuring Cup
  • Stainless Steel Pot (at least 1.5 gallon capacity)
  • 1 to 2 Mason Jars, Pint to Quart-Sized 
  • Food Processor, or Hands and Arms That Don't Mind the Workout of Shaking Cream Into Butter
  • Wax Paper, Parchment Paper, or Plastic Wrap
  • 1 Clean, Thick, Large Towel for incubating 

Optional Equipment

  • A Cheese Grotto of any size to age and ripen your wine-soaked, leaf-wrapped homemade goat cheese to perfection. A piece of tupperware with holes cut into the top can be a secondary alternative (although we'd say the results of aging in plastic will not be as great as aging your goat cheese in a Grotto...)

Necessary Ingredients for the Course

  • 1 gallon whole, pasteurized goat milk (Oak Knoll Goat Dairy recommended, available on InstaCart - do not purchase *ultra-pasteurized goat milk, it will not make a good curd structure)
  • 1 pint heavy cream (ideally NOT ultra-pasteurized, just pasteurized)
  • 1 quart cultured buttermilk (must list live, active cultures in ingredients)
  • 1 bottle Microbial Rennet (buy here)
  • 1 packet MA 011 powdered mesophilic starter culture (buy here)
  • Salt with NO Iodine 

Optional Ingredients: Fresh French Goat Cheese also known as Chèvre

Optional Ingredients for Fresh Goat Discs Wrapped in White Wine Infused Kale or Cabbage Leaves

  • 1 head of kale or cabbage - or both!
  • 1 bottle of inexpensive Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay

Optional Ingredients for Blanched Asparagus with Lemon, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, and Fresh Goat Cheese

  • 1 bunch asparagus (1/3 pound), trimmed and washed
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz freshly made goat cheese
  • salt & pepper

Optional Ingredients: Homemade Crème Fraîche

Optional Ingredients for Crème Fraîche with Strawberries & Mint

  • 1 pint strawberries, de-stemmed and sliced in quarters
  • 1 bunch mint, leaves plucked and roughly chopped to release minty flavor

Optional Ingredients: Homemade Cultured Butter

 Optional Ingredients for Radishes, Cultured Butter, and Maldon Sea Salt

  • 1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 T homemade cultured butter
  • 1 t Maldon Sea Salt, or other tasty, high quality salt

Enjoy your new homestead cheesemaking experience!!

More Recipes with Goat Cheese

More Recipes with Crème Fraîche

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If you have purchased cheese hardware from our Grotto collection, it usually takes us 1 to 3 business days to ship your order, unless otherwise listed on the respective product page.

Cheese Orders

As the cheeses are a fresh product, we want to ensure the quickest transit time as possible, so your order arrives in the best possible condition.  Express shipping costs range from $25 - $55 depending on the package size, delivery window, location and carrier. We ship Mondays only each week, and orders must be placed by Thursday the week prior to be included in Monday's shipments.  If you purchased a cheese subscription with a set shipping schedule (Meet the Makers or any Gift Subscription), please refer to the respective product page for the fixed shipping schedule.

Please note: cheese ships from our cheese warehouse and hardware ships from our hardware warehouse. If you are purchasing both hardware and cheese, there will be a shipping charge for the cheese portion of your order.

International Orders

We are sorry, but we aren't legally allowed to ship cheese across the US border!  We can, however, ship our hardware from our Grotto collection worldwide.  Please note that the shipping costs options you see at checkout do not include customs, duties, and taxes which will be billed to you upon reaching the border, and will be an additional expense.  Those costs vary from country to country, but we recommend calculating at an additional 20% charge. If you refuse the package due to these additional fees and the hardware is returned to us, we will be able to issue a refund minus the outbound and return shipping costs.